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This article examines the individual and social construction of empowerment for battered women who choose to stay with their abusers through a critical examination of the images of battered women who stay, constructed in the professional literature on various ecological levels, and a proposal of a constructivist model for empowering battered women who(More)
This study examined how abused women perceived their mothering. Findings reveal the women's continuous struggle to function as good mothers in the face of the violence. Their main struggle--to create a buffer between "the children's world" and the "violent world"--was directed at preventing the abuse from affecting their functioning as mothers, restraining(More)
The study presented in this research note aims to expand our understanding of the experience of fathering for men who are violent toward their partners. The naturalistic qualitative methodology applied was shaped by phenomenological, feminist, and interpretative interactionist influences. In-depth interviews were conducted with 14 abusive men identified(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this qualitative research was to understand how runaway girls perceive the processes involved in leaving home and the meaning they attribute to it. METHOD Findings are based on in-depth interviews with 10 Israeli girls aged 13-17 with a history of running away from home. RESULTS The meaning of running away as it emerged from the(More)
As this century ends there continues to be little public attention devoted to child witnesses of woman abuse and few social programs exist to meet their needs. This article presents the findings of a qualitative evaluation of a group program for children of battered women. Interviews were conducted with 16 mothers, 5 fathers, 9 group leaders, and 30(More)
The literature defining advocacy for battered women is almost nonexistent and there is no systematic research on its parameters. This article reports the results of a national survey of 379 advocacy services in the United States. Findings on organizational context, definitions of advocacy, client issues and concerns, advocate activities, and advocate(More)
This study followed 345 Israeli youngsters who had been residents of two shelters for runaway and homeless youths, 6-12 weeks after their departure. Telephone interviews were conducted with the youngsters, their parents, and social workers in the community. A majority of the youngsters had either returned to their family homes, or had been placed out of(More)
This article presents a critical analysis of the battered women's movement (BWM) response to children of battered women in the US. Following a brief review of progress made in research from an intervention with children of battered women, 3 major issues are examined: 1) the perception of children as ¿secondary¿ victims; 2) woman battering and child abuse;(More)
This study examined how staff members in shelters for abused women perceive the women's mothering and the challenges when working with these mothers. Data were collected through focus group interviews with 30 workers at Israeli shelters for abused women. Findings revealed that workers typically held a "deficit perspective" when describing the residents'(More)
Poverty and its etiology have been major subjects of concern for the social work profession throughout its history. This study focused on four causal attributions for poverty: social-structural, motivational, psychological, and fatalistic. More specifically, it examined the differences between social workers' and service users' perceptions of the causes of(More)